Cooking With Steve: Root Vegetable Mash

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Gonna take a break from posting my healthy recipes and post this for Thanksgiving – this is sort of “Mashed potatoes plus,” putting together lots of root vegetables.

The parsnips add a great flavor, and I suggest swapping in other root vegetables like rutabagas, and maybe kick it up with garlic.

It’s fast, simple, different, and a way to impress people!

  • 2 medium potatoes, diced (peeling optional)
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 2 parsnips, peeled, diced.
  • About 4-6 cups of water

To prepare:

  1. Put all ingredients in a pot and bring to boil. Cover loosely and keep at a good boil until everything softens.
  2. Place vegetables in dish and reserve about a cup or more of the water.  Mash vegetables, adding water as needed to get a creamy consistency.
  3. Serve with butter, spread, or salt and pepper.

Steven Savage

Yes, It’s Automated Mashed Potatoes

So in some 7-11 in Singapore has an automated mashed potato machine.

We’ve also talked automated pizza here, automated convenience stores, and so on.  As you may have guessed, I kind of have a thing for automation, especially in the realm of food.  There’s a reason for that.

Let’s face it, people like their food and like it fast.  A lot of people like gadgets.  Oh, and a lot of businesses would like to remove “people” from the equation of a lot of things.  I see more and more food automation – and seemingly wacky automation – as a potential trend for these reasons.

In fact, I could see it go farther with concern over health.  Tell me how actual attempts to deliver healthy food someone would go over – at least in the right areas?

So, for you progreeks, keep food automation in mind.  If people are going to make a freaking mashed potato vendor this year, I can easily see a lot more food automation happening in the next decade.

Until then, pass the mashed potatoes.

– Steven Savage

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